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Even I’d recall Bopara

Such has been the way and more importantly for me, the manner, Ravi Bopara has played in this ODI series against Australia, that even I would recall him for the Test series starting against South Africa next Thursday.

Over the last couple of years I have been a big critic of Ravi’s. Even when he has scored runs, I wasn’t totally convinced such was the manner in which he got some of them. He didn’t look convincing, technically sound enough or mentally tough enough to me a lot of the time.

But he is now playing with the aura of a man who feels and looks like he belongs out in the middle in international cricket. Ok, it hasn’t been Test cricket, but his form and self belief during the ODI’s has been magnificent. He looks to have finally come of age.

I’m not bothered about his bowling, I don’t want a No.6 for England to be picked because he can bowl around 8 average Overs late on in the day, I want the No.6 to be picked because he can score runs and win or save games for England. 

It would be unlucky on Jonny Bairstow to get dropped, but his time will come again. He also didn’t do enough in the recent West Indies’ series to make it impossible for the selectors to drop him. Looking on the positive side for Bairstow though, he has now had a taste of Test cricket and it will be valuable experience for him moving forward. 

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